Waikanae Beach is very popular and is located only one kilometre from the centre of Gisborne City. There is a motor camp directly behind the beach. Waikanae Beach is home to the Gisborne Waikanae Wainui Surf Life Saving Club. Waikanae Beach is popular for many activities and is reasonably safe and swimmers should swim between the flags. The beach is patrolled during weekends over summer and school holidays by professional Lifeguards.
Activities and facilities
- Dog walking
- Shell fish gathering
- Wind/kite surfing
- Car parking
- Changing facilities
- Food and beverage kiosk
- Public toilets
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Safety at Waikanae
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Stay safe - swim beween the flags.
Waikanae Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 11 November 2018 to 17 March 2019. Volunteer lifeguards patrol from 1:00pm to 6:00pm on Saturdays and 10:00am to 6:00pm on Sunday between 17 November 2018 and 17 March 2019.
A Regional Lifeguard Service operates from 10:00am to 6:00pm from 22 December to 2 January.
4 simple rules to keep you safe
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The Water Safety Code:
- Be prepared
- Watch out for yourself and others
- Be aware of the dangers
- Know your limits
Waikanae Beach is located 1300 metres north of Midway Surf Life Saving Club and 200 metres south of the port of Gisborne. The beach is golden sand with pine trees dotted along the foreshore. The beach faces directly south and is sheltered by the breakwater to the north and Young Nicks Head to the south. Waikanae Beach gets southerly swells and is usually about .5 metres in size. There is a motor camp located directly behind the Surf Life Saving Club that gets full during the summer holiday period.
Sorry, we have no public transport information available for this beach.
Beach Water Quality
The Overall Recreation Risk is a guide to give a general picture of water quality at a site. Updated annually, it is calculated from bacteria (enterococci) data collected over the last three years. The Overall Recreation Risk indicator is a precautionary approach to managing health risk and is not designed to represent health risk on a particular day. As such, a site can have an Overall Recreation Risk of ‘Caution’ but still be suitable for swimming some of the time.
Overall recreation risk
The long term risk status based on three years of data
- There is not enough data to generate a recreational risk grade.
Many councils also provide the results of their weekly monitoring. This lets people know what the most recent bacteria levels were. Remember, even sites with low risk can be unsuitable to swim at from time to time and we recommend that you avoid swimming for 48 hours after heavy rainfall.